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Debra L. Lawrence has over 35 years in the field of early care and education. She has presented workshops and seminars at the international, national, state, and local level.   Her service to the profession includes leadership positions involving serving a four-year term on the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s governing board and continuing to serve the organization through the Board Alumni committee. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Debra served as President of the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children and Co-Chair of the Governor’s School Readiness Commission. 
Debra is a Pennsylvania Department of Education Major Program Reviewer for higher education teacher certification programs, a certified play coach, and a trauma informed certified trainer.
In Pennsylvania, Debra was the Director of the Southeast Regional Key located in Philadelphia, PA. Each regional key is the hub of operations for Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Keystone STARS. 
Currently, Debra is the Vice President of the International Play Association/USA Board and serves as a faculty member in teacher preparation programs at Delaware County Community College. She is the author of How Public Investment Contributes to High Quality Early Childhood Programs, Lessons from Pennsylvania and is a contributing author to Learning from Head Start.  
Her research interests include curriculum and environments that strengthen the dispositions of learning, play as the foundation of all curriculum, and creating stable and supportive environments that foster children’s ability to reach their potential.

Timothy Longman (PhD University of Wisconsin) is associate professor of political science and international relations and the director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) in the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where he previously served as director of the African Studies Center for eight years.  He has held research and teaching positions at Vassar College, the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, the National University of Rwanda, and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda (2010) and Memory and Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda (2017), which won the prize for the best book in African politics from the African Politics Conference Group and received honorable mention for the Herskovitz and Ogot prizes from the African Studies Association. His scholarship focuses on state-society relations in Africa, focusing in particular on religion and politics, human rights, and transitional justice.

Adjunct Instructor in Nonprofit Management

Marilyn Lucas is a celebrated fundraiser in Philadelphia and among her colleagues nationally. Most recently, she was the Vice President for Development of the Philadelphia Orchestra, stepping in to build a successful fundraising program after the Orchestra filed for Chapter 11 in 2011.  She served in other  nonprofit fundraising positions for Gallaudet University, Arcadia University, University of Pennsylvania’s Development and Alumni Relations for Penn Health System and School of Medicine, The American Cancer Society, Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia, Hahnemann University, and many voluntary associations, too numerous to note here. She was the academic program coordinator of the University of Pennsylvania’s Certificate Program in Fundraising from 1988-2008. She was awarded “Fundraiser of the Year” from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1997. With Jeanne B. Jenkins, she is the author of How to Find Fundraising Prospects,  published by the Fundraising Institute, 1986. The book was awarded the “AFP Hall of Fame” ( top ten books on fundraising). She is an adjunct instructor for Gratz College, teaching our class in Fundraising for the MS in Nonprofit Management.